BayWa r.e. and its subsidiaries have built four pilot projects in Europe to support agrivoltaics research.
Ongoing research globally is examining how to best co-locate solar PV with agriculture for mutual benefits, which, in some cases, can include improved crop yields and land access. More research is necessary to find the right combination of variables, however, according to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
BayWa r.e.’s “fruitvoltaic” pilot projects in Austria, Germany, and the Netherlands aim to move the ball forward by improving fruit quality through research on plant health, growth, and production, while reducing waste due to plastic foil.